TRAVERSE CITY — Traverse City Area Public Schools board members on Feb. 24 selected five finalists from a pool of 26 applicants to interview for the district's top administrative position.

They'll interview two TCAPS employees, interim Superintendent Paul Soma and Associate Superintendent of Schools Sander Scott, as well as Kingsley Area Schools Superintendent Keith Smith.

R.J. Webber, assistant superintendent at Novi Community School District, and Susan Miko, executive director at the Toledo Sister Cities program, also made the cut.

The first round of candidate interviews will be March 10, 11 and 16, and second interviews will be March 19. All are open to the public and will be televised.

The finalist's application packets are posted online at

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